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Episode 32: Barnali Ghosh & Anirvan Chatterjee by Weston Teruya

Episode 32: Barnali Ghosh & Anirvan Chatterjee

(un)making

The Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour guides people across downtown Berkeley as they share stories that explore the multigenerational and intersectional work of South Asian Americans in the region.

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Secrets and Other Superheroes by Genevieve Quick

Secrets and Other Superheroes

Tomorrow We Dreamt of Yesterday

In superhero films, the secret lives of the protagonists are self-protective, ensuring their security within the civilian world. While the secrecy of identities and societies can fortify resistance, it also suggests an absence, one that has parallels to the lack of representation produced by socioeconomic and racial inequality and political oppression.

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Children of Children by Anuradha Vikram

Children of Children

#Hashtags

In the exhibition Children of the Children of the Revolution at Stockholm’s Färgfabriken, five artists reckon with the legacies of their revolutionary upbringings.

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Gagged: An Interview with Marcel Alcalá by Nat Marcus

Gagged: An Interview with Marcel Alcalá

Features

To face the precarity of our present day and the psychic freight it offloads onto queer, POC, and undocumented people, Marcel Alcalá stages critiques that are in turn humorous and no-bullshit.

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Episode 7: MFA or Nah by Jay Katelansky, Elena Gross

Episode 7: MFA or Nah

what are you looking at?

Jay and Elena reflect on their post-grad experiences and give some tricks and tips that have helped them survive it (so far).

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Indira Allegra’s Grieving Technologies by Anna Martine Whitehead

Indira Allegra’s Grieving Technologies

Endurance Tests

Grief’s complexity is at the center of much of Indira Allegra’s work, which explores the intersections of loss, disability, and Black feminine physicality. 

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Episode 30: Edgar Arceneaux by Weston Teruya

Episode 30: Edgar Arceneaux

(un)making

Edgar Arceneaux explores concepts of absolution, redemption, and the participation of audiences and institutions in exploitative systems.

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The Performative Drawings of Dorian Katz, aka Poppers the Pony by Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa

The Performative Drawings of Dorian Katz, aka Poppers the Pony

Features

Dorian Katz exposes forces of nature in the animal world that help to deconstruct human-held views of normative sexuality and gender. Katz’s metamorphic animals exist in the liminal spaces between species and genders, illustrating and leveraging other ways of embodiment and being.

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Mythmaking in and through Sublime Seas at SFMOMA by Connie Zheng

Mythmaking in and through Sublime Seas at SFMOMA

Features

The polyphony quickly reveals itself to be a major source of the power of John Akomfrah's Vertigo Sea. Specifically, it provides a conceptual frame for greater consideration of the relationships between bodies and voices, media and environment, representations and reality.

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Bree Lamb by Jamee Crusan

Bree Lamb

New Takes

Bree Lamb produces sweet and sugary photographs that complicate partnerships and familiar relations while also instigating a hint of nostalgia for anyone who was a kid in the 1980s and 1990s.

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